Unfortunately, our genes that we are born with and have no choice on, can really put a damper on life. However, there is more and more research that shows we do indeed have more control over our destinies than we thought we did if we have deadly diseases that happen to run in our family.
We are blessed to live in an age where nutritional and health science has come along in leaps and bounds in terms of what can be done to promote a long and disease free life.
There are of course always cases where a person lives the healthiest, cleanest lifestyle they can and they still are subjected to the whims of their genetics. Genetics is definitely a strong determining factor in many different diseases, including cancer (especially breast cancer, in the female side of the family). However, it is no longer just an automatic given that certain people with genetic predispositions will definitely get a certain disease.
What’s the answer?
Well diet is absolutely one of the first factors that need to be addressed. I find it so confounding how modern medicine still tends to not place a lot of emphasis in the role of diet and disease. You are definitely “what you eat”, and you can see this ideology at work in your own life. Think about the times you’ve really been eating poorly. Does it now show in your skin, your hair, your weight, your energy levels and overall feelings of power and health? YES!
That means that the food you eat have a powerful effect on how you feel and how you looks, and ultimately how you live your life out. It has a lot to do with what goes on internally in your body as well, and this includes the development of cancerous cells. Many foods are great cancer fighting agents in that they scavenge for the free radical cells that tend to kill off and mutate healthy cells, creating a cancerous environment.
Probiotics are proving to be a potent weapon against disease and also a powerful immune booster. When your immune system is in top shape, your body tends to follow. Probiotics not only help to have a clean, smooth elimination experience, but they also have a huge trickle down effect on the body’s other organs and immune cells.
Exercising regularly is a weapon against disease in general. Exercise elevates endorphins, reduces stress hormones, and reduces fat cells, which can harbor cancer cells due to their estrogenic activity (breast cancer most notably), and also can promote things like heart disease and stroke.
Some studies have even shown that upper body strength, which is pretty much directly correlated to working out unless you have a heavy lifting job, is correlated heavily to a longer life. There are just too many studies on the subject of exercise and longevity, and the positive relationship between the two, to ignore the importance of physical activity in not only cancer prevention, but also in general disease prevention.